Washington, D.C.—Political intervention to alter scientific results has become pervasive within the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), according to a survey of its scientists released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). As a result, endangered and threatened wildlife are not being protected as intended by the Endangered Species Act, scientists say.…"Political science, not biology, has become the dominant discipline in today's Fish & Wildlife Service," concluded PEER Program Director Rebecca Roose, who worked with current and former USFWS employees on survey design. "Like the trainer who hobbles a horse and then laments that it does not run fast, the politicians who complain about the lack of 'sound science' in the administration of the Endangered Species Act are often the very ones who intervene behind closed doors to manipulate scientific findings when they impede development projects."
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